A Look at Classwork During Strike

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Students are on Day 7 of an altered schedule since the strike began, and district officials say the coursework assigned to students from kindergarten through high school is thought-out by substitutes, principals and curriculum teams.

A Lone Pine Elementary parent, Jaime Mercer, has two kids attending the school a kindergartener and a second grader. She says her second grader completes about 10 worksheets a day in subjects like math and reading, with some coloring mixed in.

Mercer’s second grader, Landon, completes the work sheets and his mother said although not ideal, the school still provides the best learning environment for her kids. Mercer says Landon is happy to be with his friends throughout the day, and still enjoys playing soccer at recess. As for those worksheets, she says they are being graded.

“There was a couple of sheets they actually had him re-do because it was not legible. So she went through and had red marks saying ‘please re-do,’ so they are being graded,” Mercer said.

Mercer also says both she and her kids want their teachers back. Secondary Education Director, Todd Bloomquist says the substitute teachers are licensed and qualified to put lesson plans together in preparation for upcoming state assessments.


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  1. Holly Goff says:

    That is not e case at North Medford High School.. Coloring, tic-tac-toe, and other BS is not a high school education that I care for!!!!!!

    1. Sara says:

      Me either! It’s typical of the district’s ongoing history of misrepresentation that they’re trying to pass this off as acceptable. But, hey, it’s a nice preview to the public of what will happen if the district gets their way – the best teachers will go elsewhere, those that stay will not have even the basic support like prep time needed to do their jobs properly but will get the blame when their students don’t perform.

    2. Dean says:

      How did you get that out of this story? Do you think high school kids are doing the same work as kindergarten kids because they have substitutes? Wait a minute…I think that would be awesome…1st period “coloring”, 2nd period “tic-tac-toe”. Then after lunch ,our newest class”other BS”. Brilliant!!…. Holly Goff should be the new education director because she understands what she reads and forms great ideas based on the material presented to her.

  2. Brooke says:

    Look at the mess going on now w the strike! These teachers are making w benefits n bonus’s on the average of 100k a yr here in the valley. But they want more benefits and money. All the while our kids are graduating w out a basic education. They have a diploma but still can’t do eighth grade algebra most of the time. Home school the next generation. The school system in the USA is broken. Sadly the USA is amongst the dumbest in the world..the most powerful country in the world has some of the dumbest people. What’s wrong w this scenario? Stop throwing good money into a broken system. Get rid of tenure and hold teachers accountable for student failures. If anyone else fails at their job, they get fired.

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